Star News

December 1, 2022

Happy December!

I hope this newsletter finds your family well and that your Thanksgiving break was a wonderful one. I continue to be so proud of our students and the hard work they do each day. In addition, as I continue to walk in and out of classrooms on a daily basis, I am in awe of the dedicated staff here at Simpson who work hard to provide challenging and engaging lessons for our students. I want to take this time to thank our amazing PTA for all of their fundraising efforts to support Simpson Elementary School. Last month, I enjoyed spending time connecting with our Simpson families during our PTA Fall Festival and our Mother/Son Game Night! It was such a blessing having such a strong school-parent partnership! On behalf of Simpson Elementary, we are thankful and grateful for all that you do to support our sweet school. I continue to say, Great Communities, build Great Schools and in turn Great Schools build Great Communities! As we approach the end of the year, the time to celebrate is near! Let's make the month of December one to remember! Please see our Staff Calendar of Holiday Cheer attached and students are welcome to join as it is optional, as we enjoy the most wonderful time of year! Happy holidays to all and have a safe upcoming winter break!

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Taffeta Connery

December Calendar Dates

December 1st-Holiday Glow-5:30-6:00 PM Simpson Singers

December 6th-Digital Learning Day/Election Run-off Day

December 14th-16th-Winter Parties

December 19th-January 4th-Student Winter Break

January 5th-Students Return to School

PTC Holiday Glow! Coming Soon!

Peachtree Corners will be celebrating the holiday season by lighting a 6-foot Menorah and an innovative LED tree at the Town Green with the Holiday Glow! Mark your calendars for this FREE event on THURSDAY, December 1st from 5:30pm-8:00 pm. The event will kick off at 5:30pm with a special live performance by our very own Simpson Elementary School Singers! Event attendees can cozy up with complimentary hot chocolate while enjoying holiday sing-a-long's, craft snowball bath bombs with Buff City Soap, pet stocking stuffers by Hollywood Feed, decorate holiday cookie boxes with Tiff’s treats, glowing giveaways by Illuminating Designs and more to come!


5:30-6:00 PM Simpson Elementary School Singers

6:00-6:15 PM Holiday Tunes & Sing along

6:15-6:30 PM Tree Lighting

6:30-8:00PM Geek Squad Holiday Show

DLD/Election "Run-off" Day, Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Simpson Elementary School will be a designated polling site again for the December 6th Senate "Run-off" Election. It will take place on site in our cafeteria on Tuesday, December 6th, so please prepare for another digital learning day (DLD) for students. Teachers will prepare your child(ren) with access to their eCLASS content pages, links, and how to respond appropriately via electronically or paper/pencil. So, let's get ready for another digital learning day and ROCK THE VOTE AGAIN GEORGIA! :-)

Winter Parties are coming soon!

Simpson Elementary is so excited to invite parents to participate during winter parties during December 14th-16th. However, due to limited parking and classroom space, we will limit parent visitation to 1 parent/guardian (per student/family). Please see our grade level dates and times below and do not hesitate to contact your grade level room coordinator for details.

December 14th - 16th (Wednesday - Friday)

  • 12/14/22 - Kindergarten/LeBlanc (1:00-2:00 PM) & 1st Grade/Walters (1:30-2:30 PM)

  • 12/15/22 - 2nd Grade (1:00-2:00 PM) & 3rd Grade (1:30-2:30 PM), Beard (1:30-2:30 PM)

  • 12/16/22 - 4th/Matthews (11:45-12:45 PM), 5th/ Grade/Matthews (11:45-12:45 PM), & PreK- 12/16 (2:00 PM)

    Williams- 12/16 at 9:30 AM

    Hargrove- 12/16 at 1:30 PM

    Bowman, Desai, Speer, White-12/16 at 1:45 PM

Simpson Elementary Cuts Ribbon for renovated track!

We had a successful event by honoring The City of Peachtree Corners for supporting our efforts in renovating our track and field! Many thanks to City representative Lori Christopher, city councilman Phil Sadd, Mayor Pro Tem Weare Gratwick, City Manager Brian Johnson, and PTC Magazine Representative, Arlinda Broady for being present. Please see link below for details in the Peachtree Corners Magazine!

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Please save the date for this year's Science, Engineering, and Innovation Fair. The Simpson Science Fair will be held on January 19, 2023, from 5pm-7pm. There are 7 categories for this year's fair. The categories are as follows:

  1. Simple Machine Solution

  2. It’s Electric!

  3. A Clean Neighborhood Park

  4. Boom, Boom, Flash!

  5. Plant and Animal SuperPowers!

  6. Student Choice: Robotic Solutions

  7. Student Choice: Open

For a full list of the Driving Questions and further information, please visit our Simpson Science Fair Google Classroom (Class Code: hdmmcek). Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners of each category. The winners then will move onto regionals. Students may choose to work alone or in groups (up to 3 students). For more information, please reach out to Ms. Boalch, Ms. Arnold, or Ms. Johnson.

Car Rider Reminders

Administrative & Counseling Team

Principal- Dr. Taffeta Connery

Assistant Principal- Ms. Brandy Bosak, Grades 1, 3, & 5

Assistant Principal- Ms. Jeanette Johnson, Grades K, 2, 4

Assistant Principal- Ms. Stephanie Wells, Special Needs & Connections

Counselors- Ms. Sheri Terry & Ms. Roshan Finch


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM

All visitors must check in at the welcome desk and please be prepared to provide some form of identification upon request.

Students should arrive between 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM

Morning announcements and tardy bell rings at 8:50 AM

Dismissal bell rings at 3:20 PM

  • If you are checking out your child early from school, please do so on or before 2:45 PM. This leaves our bus lanes open for bus arrivals. Also, please remember that picture ID is required for all student check-outs. Thank you!

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Greetings Parents,

Beginning this school year in 2022, we will engage in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) at Simpson Elementary to have a positive behavioral expectation schoolwide. PBIS is an approach schools use to promote school safety and good behavior. With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations, strategies, and with a primary focus on having a positive prevention, not consequences.

What is PBIS at our school?

A unified set of school wide expectations for behavior in our school. We are Simpson Superstars, so to ensure that students can easily comprehend our expectations, we have established a 5-star approach for appropriate behaviors posted throughout the school. Your child has been learning these expectations since the first few days of school.

What are the 5-Star Expectations at Simpson Elementary?

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Be Ready to Learn
  4. Be Safe
  5. Be Kind

As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
  • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

The PBIS School store buying days are here! Please see below for grade level buying days which will occur during morning arrival: 8:20-8:55 AM.

PBIS Grade Level Incentive Days:

Monday - 4th Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Tuesday - 3rd & 5th Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Wednesday - 2nd Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Thursday - 1st Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Friday- PreK & Kindergarten PBIS Incentive Day

School Lunch & Parental Visitation

GCPS Students will have access to a meal (breakfast and lunch) throughout the year for each child. However, due to the expiration of USDA Covid-19 waivers, students will now be charged for meals based on their individual eligibility for 2022-2023 School Year.

Therefore, student meals will return to full price at this time or if desire, please complete a free/reduced lunch application on-line via our school website.

Meal prices for elementary students below:

Student breakfast -$1.50

Student lunch -$2.25

Adult Breakfast -$2.50

Adult Lunch -$3.75

*The adult bar is available to both adult guests and staff throughout the school year.

A gentle reminder that outside vendor food (per district policy) is not allowed for students. Please reinforce providing lunch from home or utilizing the school meal plan.

Notes from Nurse Norris

Our clinic is in need of pants and shorts! If you have any gently used clothes, please consider donating them to the clinic.

Thank you so much for all your support!

Follow a Recipe for Success: Join the Café Gwinnett Team!

Need Afterschool Care?

Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2019!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

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Opportunity to Enhance Classroom Learning for your Child

The PTA has planned to give funds to our teachers to assist in creating meaningful, fun, and engaging lesson plans that go beyond what is mandated. But we need help from our community to make it happen.

Please consider donating to this excellent academic cause! There is no amount that is too small (or too big) to enhance your child/children’s learning experience.

Our goal is to give each grade level $1,000 to spend on enhancing a lesson. The funds can be used for a special hands-on in-class project, to supplement a field trip, to create an immersive experience, or to buy supplies for a demonstration. With YOUR support, we can help provide & enhance even MORE lessons like these, furthering our children’s education & imagination!

Please visit to donate or use the following QR code.

Donations will be collected starting 11/28/22 and the link to donate will remain open until 12/31/22. Thank you for your generosity and continued support of Simpson Elementary!

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Simpson's Got Talent AUDITIONS 12/12-12/13

Get your acts together 4th and 5th graders!!! It's time to audition for SIMPSON'S GOT TALENT

  • Auditions: Monday, December 12th and Tuesday, December 13th from 4-6pm in the cafeteria (auditions may conflict with some afternoon activities)
  • The show is on Jan. 26
  • You must audition in person AND participate in the dress rehearsal on Jan. 24 to perform! No exceptions!

We are looking forward to seeing you all come try out for SIMPSON'S GOT TALENT!!! Form available here and in Friday folders this week!

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 BY 5PM, NO EXCEPTIONS (as we need to schedule audition times and send them out over the weekend).

Questions? Contact


Join us as we close out the year with our December Spirit Night at Papa John's in Peachtree Corners on THURSDAY, DEC. 8!

Please be sure to use the school's code when ordering via online, app or by phone: SIMPSONES

Papa John's will donate 20% of the purchases to Simpson Elementary.

Thank you for your support this year!

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December Spirit Nights on Broadway!

Purchase tickets for Anastasia at the Fox Theatre using the special link below and $5 from every ticket sold through the offer will support Simpson Elementary School!

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey across America at last!

Dates: December 6 - 11, 2022

All tickets MUST ONLY be purchased by:

  1. QR code attached on flyer
  2. Or visit Simpson page at :

*Subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer not available at, by phone, or in person at the Fox Theatre box office. Limited Time Offer.

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2022 - 2023 Reflections Winners

Congrats to all Simpson 2022-2023 Reflections Winners!
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LAST CHANCE for 5th Grade Baby Ads!

This is a reminder for 5th Grade Parents that the baby ad space for the yearbook is still available to purchase, but must be done before DEC. 1 at 11:59 PM.

The cost is $15. Ad space must be purchased by Dec. 1, but you have until Dec. 31 to submit your pictures and message.

Use this link to purchase your space and yearbook at the same time -

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In case you missed the opportunity to purchase your child's Starburst t-shirt at the beginning of the school year, we have decided to open the store for a LIMITED TIME.

This is your LAST CHANCE to purchase Starburst t-shirts. Here is the link to the store:

Please be sure to order your child's t-shirt based on the color of the homeroom teacher listed on the site.

Deadline to order is DECEMBER 16.


A HUGE thank you to:

Jamie Turner, Josephine Martinez and Gina Misticawi for continuing to provide delicious breakfast meals to our Special Education Staff each month!

Megan Skurski and the Arts and Education committee for securing a great opportunity for our students to meet best-selling author, Alan Gratz!

Kelsey Dykes and Melissa Thorson for organizing a hoe-down of family fun at the annual Simpson Fall Festival this year!

Michelle Baughman, Laura Giles and Linda Herring for working tirelessly to re-introduce an amazing Mother/Son Game Night!

Aminta Wu, Gina Misticawi, Jenn Frost, Sara Koenig and Tina Lee-Levi and the Reflections Committee for all their hard work and dedication to making this another successful year! And CONGRATULATIONS to all the Simpson Superstars who won awards in the various arts categories!

Kelly Loder and Dorian Clayton for handling and delivering our cool Simpson Spiritwear this fall as well as Misty Ratchford and Mary-Catherine Jennings for helping organize and distribute Simpson Starburst t-shirts!

Leigh Anna Lang and Ms. Tracy Callas for delivering Square 1 packets in time for the holidays!

Mwamba Haynes and the entire custodial staff for helping with all the events so far this year and staying late to clean them up too!

Faith Carr and the cafeteria staff for a delicious Thanksgiving holiday meal!

And to Dr. Connery who worked behind the scenes with the City of Peachtree Corners to deliver a beautiful upgraded track on Dean Field for our students to enjoy!


Yearbooks are on sale now! Be sure to order your yearbook now to guarantee your copy.